Broncos fire Vance Joseph

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After two losing seasons, the Vance Joseph era is over in Denver.

Joseph, the head coach who went 11-21 in his two years with the Broncos, was fired this morning.

That news comes as a surprise to exactly no one, as Joseph had been widely expected to get fired if he didn’t make the playoffs this season. Not only did Joseph not make the playoffs, but he didn’t even come close, and the Broncos seemed to get worse as the season went on.

Of course, John Elway, the man who runs the show in Denver, deserves some of the blame. Elway still hasn’t been able to find a good quarterback since signing Peyton Manning, and until he does, any coach he hires is going to struggle.

But whoever the quarterback is in Denver next year, he won’t be coached by Joseph. More changes are coming in Denver, but the big one is done.

35 responses to “Broncos fire Vance Joseph

  1. Lack of creativity in game plans, absolutely dreadful game management and he put this season on himself in 2018 by getting rid of long term position coaches and getting his “own guys” in who he said he could “coach these coaches better.” Wish him well, but he did a terrible job in Denver.

  2. As an AFCW rival fan I sincerely hope that Elway brings back Mike Shanahan as HC. If this happens then I can see this being a disaster (although on a smaller scale) to my Raiders bringing back Jon Gruden. And misery loves company.

  3. Elway should be fired too but I think ownership is pretty well stuck with him until he hangs it up. Elway is a god there, though maybe another bad coaching hire and another whiff at QB will move the good people of Denver towards reality.

  4. As a fan, I’m glad he’s gone..never liked the hire. But also as a fan, too bad fans themselves can’t be fired because Broncos have emerged as some of the dumbest people on Earth this year. It’s true.

  5. Marvin Lewis’ evil plan to make Hue Jackson the OC and Vance the DC of the Bengals is going perfectly. Alas, the SS Cincinnati will continue to sink and the only guy who could save the ship is an 83 yo curmudgeon who has already decided to go down with the ship.

  6. the broncos do seem to have a lot of talent. they definitely looked unmotivated against the raiders. case keenum played badly though for most of the year. thats a major reason they are sliding. he needs to make better decisions with the ball. the broncos arent a team that can turn it over and win. ball control, and play good d. i will say though that some of the coaches fired during and after this weekend clearly let it show that they dont care and were resigned to that fact. maybe thats why they arent good coaches. they succumb to adversity and accept their fate too easily. that being said, the broncos are falling further and further behind the chargers and chiefs in the west going forward. denver needs to get it going quick next year or they will have to start a full rebuild from top down.

  7. Elway won the Manning sweepstakes and has provided zero direction to the team since.
    He’s just not good as a GM.

  8. Bring bakc M Shanahan to run the day to day coaching. Let Kubiak run the offense. Find a #2 corner so Roby can go back to Nickel/dime. Find a D coordinator that can optimize all of the talent on D. For the Love of God, find a left tackle that doesn’t hold every other play. Pray that Chris Harris Jr and E Sanders get well soon.

  9. If I was Elway, I’d hire Jim Schwartz as the HC. He can coach and is the anti-Joseph. Then have him bring QB coach, Press Taylor with him and make him the OC. The final piece would be to trade for Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld can play and is easily better than Keenum, with a much cheaper contract.

    They install the Philly system, which Sudfeld already knows and Schwartz coaches to the strength of the team, which is supposedly the defense at this point.

    Done deal.

  10. thejetssuck2001 says:
    December 31, 2018 at 9:57 am

    “i will say though that some of the coaches fired during and after this weekend clearly let it show that they dont care and were resigned to that fact. maybe thats why they arent good coaches.”

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    Oh I think they care. But c’mon all but Gase saw it coming, and it’s possible he did too. What do you want them to do, cry?

  11. bigoldfatguy says:

    December 31, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Marvin Lewis’ evil plan to make Hue Jackson the OC and Vance the DC of the Bengals is going perfectly. Alas, the SS Cincinnati will continue to sink and the only guy who could save the ship is an 83 yo curmudgeon who has already decided to go down with the ship.

    _____________________________

    This cracked me up…lol.

  12. I never understood bringing in Case Keenum as the starter. His 2017 Viking’s season was an outlier. In the playoffs he got lucky off a dumb play be the Saints secondary and then was totally exposed by the Eagles. Why do you think the Vikings made no serious effort to keep him and immediately started working the free agency market? Keenum is a journeyman backup QB, nothing more.

  13. Don’t feel sorry for any of these guys. They’re all plugged into the “good ‘ol boy network” and they will all land new coaching or broadcast gigs somewhere…not to worry.

  14. How did he get the job in the first place? His defenses in Miami were terrible!

    Elway is really on the spot now. His next coaching hire better not fail.

  15. joseph get fired, marvin gets canned. the writing is on the wall for him to come back to cincy with hue as the oc.

  16. Joseph was a bad head coach. He made dumb decision after dumb decision during games. He needed to go.

    That being said, he had no chance to succeed with the group of flunky QBs he was given. How many games is anyone going to win rotating between Siemian, Lynch, Osweiler, and Keenum as starting quarterback?

  17. I can’t believe we are still stuck with Elway as GM, we are so screwed! Come on Brittany Bowlen, hurry up and take the reins, it’s the only way to rid ourselves of Ellis and Elway…

  18. Yes, you can find job security based on your past exploits on the gridiron. With that being said, the Broncos will never really win consistently with Elway as their leader. The AFC West has changed with the rise of the Chiefs and Chargers. Denver has to change with the times or live with the results…

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